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Many states have developed curriculum standards for their public schools. These standards give an age-appropriate outline and structure that can be used to develop textbooks and supporting materials for all schoolgoing ages.
The standards are in fact quite useful. They are painstaking and exhaustive organizations of material with regard to the appropriate level of the curriculum. Teams of trained professionals have already done a big chunk of the work in developing high-quality textbooks. It falls to the contributors at Wikibooks to flesh out this work and deliver it in a way that will be useful and pertinent.
Note that standards neither dictate how the material should be presented, nor how students should be treated based on their progress regarding established learning goals. Rather, the standards are an outline of essential concepts to be included, as well as a suggestion to how to structure them. Standards are often credited with improving educational attainment in schools. Another way to look at standards is the state telling students, parents and teachers what not to teach.
- 1 Why use standards?
- 2 Standards in Australia
- 3 Standards in New Zealand
- 4 Standards in the United Kingdom
- 5 Standards in the United States of America
- 6 Science standards (moved here)
- 7 Standards in Canada
Why use standards?
- In order to be used by a class in a real school the book must adhere to set standards
- Standards compliance gives the books an authority equal to other textbooks
- Once we have one or two top-quality, standards-compliant books on the site, they will serve as a sales tool and bring attention and credibility, which opens us up both to
- more people using our books and therefore served by our labor
- more donations from institutional givers, which could translate to less site down time and new software features
Standards in Australia
This list gives an accessible resource for Australians who want to write textbooks for the Australian curriculum. These will vary by State, though certain things will be covered on a federal level. The standards are usually decided by the Department for Education and Training (in Victoria) and affect all primary school, secondary school, TAFE (technical and further education) and university students studying an accredited Australian course in an Australian educational institution (or an international institution offering Australian curriculum as part of its offering).
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Board for Senior Secondary Studies (years 11 and 12)
ACT Department of Education and Training (preschool-year 10)
Standards in New Zealand
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has produced a wide range (thousands) of modular "unit" standards that set out the learning objectives and assessment criteria for almost all topics taught in New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions. Many of these are competency based standard at a topic level within a subject.
Text book authors may find this approach useful for segmenting their books into pages or topics and pitching the topic to an appropriate audience.
Note: Level 1 standards are taught in Year 11 (14-16 year olds) while level 7 standards are at a tertiary institution graduate level. (Qualifications are attained by achieving the required unit standards.)
Standards in the United Kingdom
Standards in the United States of America
Alaska, Calfornia, Florida, Virginia and Ohio are states that utilize K-12 standards for public schooling. Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) has an excellent database of U.S. standards that are aligned for comparison.
Florida standards (links to PDF files)
South Carolina standards (links to PDF files)
The Advanced Placement® program, run by the College Entrance Examination Board, allows high school students to receive college/university level credit in various subjects. Since these standards must reflect to some level both high-school level and university standards, they may be of some help in creating standards-based textbooks. AP Subjects
Science standards (moved here)
Standards in Canada
Curriculum standards in Canada are established for each province/territory in all K-12 subjects. Each province/territory tends to suggest that their curriculum standards are high and this contribution to learning as significant. There are some efforts to find common ground on standards between jurisdictions, but these are not maintained or communicated in such a way that allow portability or interoperability across various systems. A Pan-Canadian Science Curriculum  was created in 1990's, but is not utilized.